Jason Butler Harner stars within the all-new collection ‘NEXT.’ The actor spoke with HL EXCLUSIVELY about Ted’s sophisticated dynamic along with his brother, the villain of the present being a pc program, and extra.
NEXT makes is grand TV entrance on Oct. 6. The present follows Silicon Valley tech wizard Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), who has constructed a fortune and legacy on world-changing improvements he’s found. When he turns into satisfied that considered one of his personal creations — a man-made intelligence referred to as neXt — may very well be harmful to mankind, Paul seeks to close it down. Nevertheless, he finally ends up being kicked out of his personal firm by his personal brother, Ted, performed by Jason Butler Harner.
MeSlop talked EXCLUSIVELY with Jason on the 2020 TCA winter press tour in Jan. 2020 concerning the sibling relationship between Ted and Paul. “What I can say is it positively doesn’t go down the trail of evil brother and good, loopy brother,” Jason mentioned. “It positively doesn’t do this, which I’m very grateful for and which to be trustworthy, was like my greatest concern for signing on.”
That doesn’t imply there’s not going to be stress and preventing between the brothers, however the relationship is a lot greater than that. “It was by no means going to be brother towards brother solely, nevertheless it positively was going to have household dynamic stuff in the identical means like Shea and her household has that sort of stuff,” Jason continued. “Ours is that we constructed this firm collectively, and he’s far more agile in a selected means Paul isn’t. John is far more agile with pc language than I’m, however I made a enterprise and knew how you can push it ahead the place we went from mainly being in a storage to being a multi-billion greenback firm. I don’t know if at first how a lot they actually wished Ted to be expert, nevertheless it was essential to me. Simply because it makes your hero higher when you have an estimable individual to bounce off of in the identical means. For those who do have a villain or no matter, you don’t wish to discredit your hero by not having the individuals round him be pushing buttons for precious causes.”
Jason burdened that whereas Ted and Paul’s roads might “diverge,” they do “take care of one another.” Nevertheless, a whole lot of the season is how neXt “infuses itself into that dynamic and makes issues higher or worse.”
The essential foe of NEXT isn’t really an individual. The villain isn’t somebody you possibly can see or contact. “That’s the massive problem that clearly they [the writers] gave themselves, which is your villain is a pc program,” Jason informed MeSlop. “So how do you dramatize that? Since you’re not ever an precise face of an individual, which is the scary half. I believe it’s just like how everyone knows that each one of those units and issues are conserving observe of us. It’s logging someplace and might be pulled up at a seconds discover to be interpreted in any means it needs to. We’re all susceptible, nevertheless it’s an excessive amount of to consider.” NEXT will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.